Packing my backpack.....help!


#1

Hey everyone![br][br]I sat down with a friend last night and we were talking through what I was going to try and squash into my backpack. I have never travelled with a back pack before and I am a bit worried. So I have some questions and I hope that people can help me![br][br]I will be spending time in Europe and UK, so in terms of weather, am I naive to think that it is going to be hot and I just need summer type clothes?? How cold is it in Scotland and Ireland in August?[br][br]When we head out at nights to dinner or out to a pub, what are people taking to wear? Do we all just get used to wearing the same things and not worry about it? Just take few mix and match items?[br][br]Other people doing Eurohotel tours, are you taking a towel?[br][br]Oh and last one…when packing have people taken space bags and found that they could fit in a bit more or is it best just to roll and stuff?[br][br]Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks heaps everyone!;D[br][br]Raina[br]Discover Europe July 9th[br]Followed by a week in London


#2

In terms of weather Britain and Ireland can be a bit unpredictable. It won’t be cold but there’s a good chance that it’ll rain or be overcast. I would bring some warmer clothes for the evenings as well. An umbrella is a must! Mind you we are forecasted a hot dry summer but having lived here for 20 years I’ve learned to be a bit cynical about those sort of promises…[br][br]I am assuming most restaurants that Topdeck would take you to would be pretty low key and informal, I’d just take some nice jeans or something that you could accessorize differently or wear a different top with. Everyone will have to recycle clothes anyway, I don’t think anyone will care or I hope not anyway! For my Eurocamping tour I’m just planning to take things that can easily go with a lot of other clothes.[br][br]Mega European 2nd August- 17th September 2009


#3

Hi Raina,[br][br]Went through the same thing last year and about to do it again this year! I’ve done camping trips but not sure it’d make much difference. [br]If your worried about taking a towel, I can recommend the microfibre ones, not as chunky as an ordinary one, and generally dries a little quicker. As for the bags, I did think about them but decided just rolling was probably the better way to go - a lot easier to do than trying to negotiate bags (particularly when on the move a lot!).[br][br]Hope this helps :)[br]Court


#4

Hi Fionnuala89 and Court,[br][br]Thank you for your tips! I went shopping yesterday and organised some warmer clothes to take with me. Thin but warm was my aim, so hopefully I have done ok. But hadn’t thought about an umbrella, so will look today. Good idea Fionnuala89![br][br]Court, you have a good point about the space bags. When you are on the move, having to constantly roll them up everyday it would be a bit of a pain and I hadn’t really thought about that. Will look out for a microfibre towel too! Thanks Court![br][br]I have heard people say that you have to dress up to go to Monaco casino. How dressed up did people get? Do they have a dress code for the casino?[br][br]Thanks again for your help. I am starting to feel a bit better about it all and just really, really excited about what I am going to experience and the people I am going to meet…only 19 days to go!! ;D[br][br][br]Raina[br]Discover Europe July 9th[br]Followed by a week in London


#5

Hi Magpie,[br][br]Just a quick suggestion - Kathmandu for your microfibre towels. They offer a number of different sizes, multiple colours, and at the moment, they’re 50% Off. We purchased an extra large (75cm x 150cm) one for $27.[br][br]Have a great trip![br][br]Lilly[br][br]European Odyssey 2009


#6

Hi Magpie,[br][br]Just a quick suggestion - Kathmandu for your microfibre towels. They offer a number of different sizes, multiple colours, and at the moment, they’re 50% Off. We purchased an extra large (75cm x 150cm) one for $27.[br][br]Have a great trip![br][br]Lilly[br][br]European Odyssey 2009


#7

Yeah I was wondering about the casino too. I mean I’m guessing it’s not black tie considering that they’re taking a load of people who will have been camping for two weeks beforehand lol?[br][br]Mega European 2nd August- 17th September 2009


#8

i was reading through this… really helpful…[br]was wondering though, what kind of sleeping bag are you guys bringing? im worried it’s gonna be too bulky to carry… :slight_smile: thank you so much!! this is so helpful…[br][br]jose, philippines


#9

Not bringing a sleeping bag, a friend went on a euroclub tour in November and didn’t use it once. That was winter so I think the chance of needing one in summer will be alot less…obviously8-)[br][br]Grand European July 2009[br]+ Greek Islands Fun in the Sun


#10

thanks thanks!! where did your friend sleep? do they provide beds? or are we suppose to rely on our own sleeping bags?[br][br]Jose [br]European Wonder (July29-Aug12)


#11

All the hostels have beds. He said there was plenty of blankets to go around.[br][br]Grand European July 2009[br]+ Greek Islands Fun in the Sun


#12

whoa that could be helpful so you (Mike B) reckon no sleeping bag on euroclub (i’m doing grand european as well)?[br][br]That could save me packing space? Are you sure?


#13

I’m not taking a sleeping bag mate. I hope I’m right![br][br]As I said, my mate went in November…European Winter…and didn’t use it once.[br][br]Grand European July 2009[br]+ Greek Islands Fun in the Sun


#14

yeah im good with a blanket… that’ll save a lot of space really… great! thanks mike! i will follow you.[br][br]jose, european wonder jul29-aug12


#15

yeh, think i’ll do the same, cheers mate.


#16

I heard that Eurohotel don’t need sleeping bags but Euroclub it is definately on the packing list that Top Deck provide[br][br]Nicole[br]Grand European 28th July 2009[br]+ Britain & Ireland 5th September 2009[br]+ Greek Islands


#17

As I said, a friend went on Euroclub in the middle of winter…no need! Unless you want to lug it around for a month…[br][br]Grand European July 2009[br]+ Greek Islands Fun in the Sun


#18

I have lived in Oz and Ireland and I can tell you that the irish summer is cold. It’s windy and pretty wet so bring at least a waterproof wind breaker and pair of jeans. The rest of europe is pretty warm though.[br][br]follow www.explorewithme.com on the topdeck ‘spirit of Europe’ tour August 4th 2009


#19

I wasn’t going to bring a sleeping bag but EuroClub-pre trip info said to bring one, so I think i will, just to be on the safe side. [br][br]I found a pretty small one the website below so it won’t be taking up much room.[br][br]http://www.gogogear.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=457[br]